Wyatt Russell, a man dying of cancer, walks into Inspector Ian Rutledge’s London office and confesses to murdering his cousin five years prior. Something about this unusual confession doesn’t sit right with the seasoned inspector.
Wyatt’s motive is ambiguous at best, prompting the inspector's visit to an unknown corner of Essex where Wyatt grew up. The residents there greet Ian with nothing but hostility, suspicion and fear. To further complicate matters, Wyatt is soon discovered dead from a gunshot wound to the back of the head.
The inspector is left with more questions than answers. While racing against the clock to stop a cold-blooded killer, Ian uncovers a painful and damning secret that members of the small town will do almost anything to keep hidden. Also haunted by demons from his own past, Ian wrestles to keep those demons from thwarting his work as a shrewd detective.
"The Confession" is the 14th in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series created by Charles Todd, the mother-son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd. As in their past mysteries, Ian faces obstacles, sinister secrets and personal demons in his journey to ultimately solve the case.
Complicated details woven into the plot of "The Confession" might necessitate that the reader revisit certain sections of the book for clarification before reading on. Such efforts will prove well worth readers' time, as the plot gets progressively more compelling and intriguing.
Additionally, Ian’s personal demons from his past serve to define him as deeply haunted and imperfect, yet at the same time a person of character and humanity. His personal struggles serve to strengthen readers' empathy toward him as a person.
Complete with an intriguing plot that keeps the reader guessing until the end, flawed yet human characters and an awfully bad guy who gets caught in the end, "The Confession" offers a complete and satisfying package for mystery lovers.
"The Confession" contains descriptions of murder victims, a few mild swear words and scenes depicting the horrors of war and the plague. Charles Todd uses discretion with these themes, avoiding gratuitous language and descriptions.
IF YOU GO:
What: Charles Todd book signing
When: Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City
Susie Boyce is a writer and avid reader who loves a good whodunit. Her column, "Serious MomSense," is featured in several North Dallas area newspapers and posts Thursdays on KSL.com. Her website is at www.seriousmomsense.com.